The Morning Dispatch: A V-Shaped Recovery?

Happy Friday! We almost ripped up today’s newsletter to focus entirely on this, but the Bears traded up last night to draft Justin Fields, their quarterback of the future. Declan hasn’t been this excited about the team since they traded up to draft Mitch Trubisky, their then-quarterback of the future, in 2017.

Sure must stink having your QB situation overrun by chaos, right Steve? (Editor: Nah.)

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Commerce Department reported on Thursday that the U.S. economy grew at a 6.4-percent annual rate in the first quarter of this year, up from 4.3 percent in Q4 2020. The growth was driven largely by personal consumption expenditures and nonresidential fixed investment.

  • The Food and Drug Administration announced plans on Thursday to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars within the year. “Banning menthol—the last allowable flavor—in cigarettes and banning all flavors in cigars will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products,” Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said.

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